DIY Garden Lattice Light Fixture

6 Materials
30 Minutes

It seems there is never a shortage of problems that need creative solutions and for us one of those problems has been the lack of adequate lighting in the living room. For the last four years we have made do with two lamps on our end tables and let’s just say, the amount of light they offered left much to be desired. Making our own light fixture has been a goal of ours and so we have been mulling ideas over for quite some time. All we knew was that we definitely wanted something that gave off rustic, jungalow, boho vibes. We also wanted something inexpensive; something we could make out of upcycled and thrifted materials. It didn’t take long for us to settle on the garden lattice sitting abandoned at the back of our garage. Not only did it give us the look we were going for but it also helped us solve another design problem: what to do with the overgrown arrowhead vine taking over the living room. And then, almost in what could only be described as divine intervention, something possessed my husband to stop at a garage sale where he found this set of 5 really cool Edison bulbs for $5 (normally they would go for around $7 a bulb).
On the lattice, choose 6 symmetrical points for hanging support and drill a hole for each. Secure the 3/8in eye bolts in each of the six holes.
String the cable ties through the eye bolts and loop until completely secure. This is very important. You must not be able to open the loop or slide the tie back through the head.Measuring according to the location of the eye bolts on the lattice, drill 6 corresponding holes into the ceiling.
Insert drywall anchors into the ceiling holes and secure the ceiling hooks by twisting.

Just for a test run, install your fixture base by hanging the cable tie loops on the ceiling hooks. If everything looks good and sturdy then take it down and proceed with the next steps.
Weave your string light sockets through the lattice and secure the wire in place with the remaining cable ties (you can use more if you like).Decorate your light fixture by arranging your faux foliage around the lattice either by weaving the stems through the lattice or using glue or a staple gun for a more permanent fix. Make sure to place the foliage a good distance away from the light bulbs or they can burn.
Install your completed fixture by hanging the cable tie loops on the ceiling hooks.Finally, screw in your Edison bulbs, plug in the light, and enjoy the beautiful view!
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  • Susan
    on Oct 29, 2019

    How is it plugged in?

    • Kellie
      on Oct 31, 2019

      If you look at the pictures carefully you can see a white cord stretching across the back of the room and down the wall to a plug I assume. It's lightly disguised as foliage similar to that used across the ceiling and slightly heavier look going down the wall.

      Nice way to distract and disguise the cord.

  • Candy Smith
    on Oct 30, 2019

    I was told that lattice like this is very flammable. We used it as a "ceiling" in a basement bedroom for a tall child. When a craftsman came into our home and saw it he was upset and asked us to please take it down and just paint the rafters as it was safer.

    • Christine
      on Nov 3, 2019

      You can get a light bulb with a plug in it. We have one on our porch light for lights during the holidays

  • Bonnie Berg Stasik
    on Oct 30, 2019

    Where would you find the outlet to plug in?

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  • Carol Z
    on Dec 21, 2019

    Wow, I love, love, LOVE this idea!! So cool. I love the choice of the vintage Edison bulbs! Brilliant idea.

  • Debkw405
    on Jan 5, 2020

    We did your project and it turned out so cute! Thank you so much!

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